July 14, 2024

Cadillac’s LeMans Hypercar Outpaces Ferrari 296, McLaren 750S, and Porsche 911 Turbo S

It’s the most exciting weekend of the year! No, it’s not the weekend I have tickets to see Taylor Swift, it’s Le Mans! This means that the top talents from motorsport are in France to compete in 24 hours of incredibly high-octane racing. Are you thrilled? Leading up to this year’s race, the folks at Hagarty have organized a special race to showcase the speed of a genuine Le Mans racer.

The competition is one of the insurance company’s iconic drag races, pitting a Cadillac V-Series.R Le Mans racer against some of the swiftest supercars in existence, such as the Ferrari 296, McLaren 750S, and a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Each of the street-legal cars showcased boasts over 600 horsepower, can reach 60 mph in no time, and offers the luxury features expected from a six-figure vehicle. In contrast, the Caddy is equipped with a sophisticated hybrid powertrain, a durable yet functional cockpit, and the endurance required to keep going for mile after mile in the 24 Hours of Le Mans… hopefully.

To witness how the race-ready heritage compares to the best road cars available, Hagarty set them head to head. The showdown began by determining the fastest among the road cars, with the Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari competing in a quarter-mile drag race for supremacy. The Ferrari 296 emerged victorious, earning the title of champion road car to challenge Cadillac.

Cadillac’s Le Mans Car Races Ferrari 296, McLaren 750S, 911 Turbo S — Cammisa Ultimate Drag Race

Initially, Hagarty recreated the same quarter-mile drag race between the Ferrari and the Cadillac, with the surprising result of the Ferrari emerging as the winner. It completed the sprint in 10 seconds flat, just slightly slower than the Lucid Air Dream Edition, which achieved 9.9 seconds due to the incredible acceleration of an EV. On the other hand, the Caddy finished the quarter mile in 10.3 seconds.

However, at the finish line, Hagarty clocked the Le Mans racer at over 160 mph, marking the fastest speed they have ever recorded in a quarter-mile run. Clearly, the Cadillac still has more to demonstrate, much more.

Therefore, Hagarty arranged a second race, one that better reflects the type of acceleration a Le Mans racer is designed for. This time, the cars start from a steady 37 miles per hour, equivalent to the 60kmh limit imposed on race cars when they are exiting the pit lane. In this scenario, the odds heavily favor the Cadillac.

As the two cars reach their marks, the race car immediately speeds ahead. It races down the track propelled by its roaring V8 engine and additional hybrid power, easily crossing the finish line before the Ferrari.

It’s a remarkable sight to witness unfolding (as depicted in the video above). It truly demonstrates the capabilities of serious race cars, while also highlighting the advancements made by road cars in recent years. With technology borrowed from their race teams, companies like Ferrari are bridging the gap between road and race cars in various settings.

#### FAQ

1. **What is Le Mans?**
Le Mans is a prestigious 24-hour endurance race held in France, where top motorsport talents compete in high-octane racing.

2. **How fast are the cars in the competition?**
The cars featured in the competition boast over 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in no time.

3. **Which car emerged as the winner in the drag race?**
The Ferrari 296 won the quarter-mile drag race among the road cars, earning the title of champion road car to challenge Cadillac.

#### Conclusion

The Hagarty race showcased the speed and performance of a real Le Mans racer, highlighting the capabilities of both race cars and road cars. It’s a testament to the advancements in automotive technology and the exciting future of the industry.

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